Galliambic Gal`li*am"bic, a. [L. galliambus a song used by the priests of Cybele; Gallus (a name applied to these priests) + iambus] (Pros.) Consisting of two iambic dimeters catalectic, the last of which lacks the final syllable; -- said of a kind of verse. [1913 Webster]

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  • Galliambic — metre is constructed as shown below:˘ ˘ – ˘ – ˘ – –// ˘ ˘ – ˘ ˘ ˘ ˘ ×This metre, meant for the frenzied cult of the eastern goddess Cybele, is best known from its use in Catullus 63. The meter admits of many substitutions of two short syllables… …   Wikipedia

  • galliambic — I. ˌgalēˈambik noun ( s) Etymology: Latin galliambus, a song of the priests of Cybele, ancient nature goddess of Anatolia (from Gallus, eunuch priest of Cybele from Greek Gallos + Latin iambus) + English ic : a galliambic verse or meter II …   Useful english dictionary

  • galliambic — gal·li·am·bic …   English syllables

  • galliambic Prosody — [ˌgalɪ ambɪk] adjective relating to or written in a metre consisting of two catalectic iambic dimeters. noun galliambic verse. Origin C19: from L. galliambus, a song of the Galli (name given to priests of Cybele) + ic …   English new terms dictionary

  • galliambics — galliamˈbics plural noun Galliambic verses • • • Main Entry: ↑galliambic …   Useful english dictionary

  • List of classical meters — The following meters were used in Greek poetry and borrowed into Latin poetry in the classical period:Major Forms*Dactylic hexameter *Elegiac couplet, consisting of a line of dactylic hexameter and one of dactylic pentameter *Iambic… …   Wikipedia

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